A few months back, Verizon Wireless CEO Fran Shammo confirmed that the carrier would be putting its support behind the next generation of Windows Phone devices. Now, rumor has it that Verizon’s first Windows Phone 8 device will be a Nokia phone.
An inside source, who wishes to remain unnamed since the plans are still private, told Bloomberg that Verizon intends to release a Nokia Windows Phone later this year. Nokia and Microsoft have an event planned for September 5 in New York where they will presumably be discussing the Finnish company’s line of Lumia smartphones, so we may hear something then, even though Verizon will not be part of the event.
As previously stated by Shammo, Verizon’s reasoning for supporting Windows Phone 8 stems from its desire to lessen its dependence on the iPhone and Android devices. Windows Phone 8, said Shammo, is “a differentiator” and this supposed release of the Nokia Oyj later this year will be the first Windows-based phone available on Verizon’s network since May of 2011.